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Tennis: Late start only delays end for Glendale in 17-1 first-round loss.

May 13, 2010|By Grant Gordon

GLENDALE — It was simply a forgettable Wednesday altogether for Coach Bob Davidson and his Glendale High boys’ tennis team.

It began with a handful of his players taking AP tests and getting out roughly 45 minutes later than expected.

After that, due to transportation problems, Glendale’s bus did not arrive at its destination until some 10 minutes after its match was to have already begun. In the end, a 3 p.m. start time became a 4 p.m. start.

All that was simply a precursor to the Nitros’ season concluding with a 17-1 loss to top-seeded Palm Desert in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division II players.


“They were very, very good,” said Davidson, whose Nitros concluded their season at 8-10 after a fourth-place finish in the Pacific League. “We just ran up against a team that was at a higher level than we are.”

Palm Desert (18-2), which won the Desert Valley League, swept through the first two rounds to the tune of a 12-0 lead, showcasing a doubles bracket that was as good as Davidson has seen, perhaps ever.

“Their doubles were by far the best I’ve seen all season,” said Davidson, whose team beat Righetti, 15-3, in a wild-card match on Tuesday. “Actually, I think their doubles were as good as I’ve seen in my 22 years of coaching.”

The Nitros’ No. 1 tandem of Jeff Asano and Elliot Kim, two-time Pacific League doubles second-place finishers, were the stiffest test for the Palm Desert doubles juggernaut, but they were still swept, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

Glendale’s lone victory came from Ashot Papikian, who battled for a 7-6 (7-3) victory.

“I was proud of our kids, they played hard, they competed,” Davidson said, “and they gave it everything they’ve got.”

Asano and Kim still have CIF Individuals, by way of their second straight runner-up finish at the league tournament, on May 22.

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